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Love

Yesterday we lit the candle of love.  This is not love as the world defines it but love as God defines it. Agape love is  unconditional,  sacrificial, always looking for the good of the other and doesn’t keep track of wrongs.  This is the love that we celebrate.  May we love others as Christ loved us-unconditionally and sacrificially.

Joy

Yesterday the candle of Joy was was lit. It is also called the Shepherds candle. Pink in the liturgical year is the color of joy, hence the pink candle. The shepherds were joyous following the message of the angels and their visit to see the babe in the manger. Because of Jesus coming to be one with us we can have joy in Him. Do you have that joy in your life? Where do you find your joy? Do you even have any in your life? Make time this week to spend time with the Father, grow closer and find that joy that He offers us in life. Have a blessed week.

Peace

How are you doing with peace this week? I heard on the radio someone talking about the difference between peace with God and peace in God. Had never thought of it like that before. We have peace with God when we find salvation and are no longer separated from Him by sin. Peace in God is found as we grow in our relationship with Him, draw close to Him and discover all He is and has done for us. May we all continue to grow in our relationship and find that amazing peace He offers. Have a blessed rest of your week.

Peace

After hopefully spending the last week reflecting on the hope we have in Christ and because of Christ we come to the second candle of Advent. It is the candle of Peace. This is the peace foretold by the prophet Isaiah “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,and the government will be on his  shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). But in John is where we truly find out what Christ is offering us.  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

So peace can be ours when we find ourselves truly resting in Christ and all He offers us in this world and beyond. Be blessed this week and continue to seek for the peace in Christ-you will not be disappointed.

Thanksgiving and Hope

It is Thanksgiving weekend but also the beginning of Advent. Today we lit the candle of Hope. A reminder of the prophets of Israel who foretold the One to come to bring hope to Israel and the world. As we go about our week may we remember that we are a blessed people with much to be thankful for and that we do have amazing hope in our lives for whatever happens. Be blessed this week.

What is thanksgiving?

As we get ready for Thanksgiving this Thursday I was wondering the actual meaning of thanksgiving. The Oxford Dictionary says that it is “expression of gratitude, especially to God.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says a “public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness.” The biblical definition is to respond to God’s goodness and grace with gratitude. Abraham Lincoln issued the order for the first official Thanksgiving in 1863 and his purpose was to “commend to His (God’s) tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” If you read the whole proclamation he calls out the American people for forgetting God in the midst of everything. I knew there was a reason he was my favorite president.

As we go about our daily lives, thanksgiving to God can be something that easily goes by the wayside if we are not careful. We are called in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We are not called to be thankful FOR our circumstances but to be thankful IN our circumstances. Seek the good in the bad. As we go through these days leading up to Thanksgiving, may we find ways to celebrate before Thursday and continue to do so all year long. We have many things to be thankful for if we truly look. May your holiday be blessed and full of joy.

Christmas Day

Today is the day we celebrate the coming of our Savior. Our scripture today will be from Isaiah proclaiming the coming of this Messiah.

Isaiah 9:2-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 62:6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have labored;
but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts.
Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.”
They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD”; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”

Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion.
Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

May you have a blessed Christmas day.

Advent

It is Christmas eve-so we are doing Luke’s version of the birth.

Luke 2:1-14, 15-20

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.
He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

And I love this one from Titus 3:4-7

Titus 3:4-7
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Advent

Here we are two days before Christmas. Today’s verse shows the true purpose of this event we are celebrating. THe title of this chapter is “Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King”

Mark 11:1-11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’” They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, some people standing there asked, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

Advent

Hebrews 8:1-13

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

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